Workers’ compensation laws protect employees who suffer injuries on the job in Illinois, but there are circumstances under which you may be entitled to sue beyond these standard benefits. At Romaker Law Firm, we explore all legal avenues to ensure the justice and compensation our clients deserve.

Right to Sue Beyond Workers’ Compensation

There are several situations in which a worker in Illinois might have the right to take additional legal action:

  • Severe employer negligence: If an employer has engaged in acts beyond mere negligence, such as intentional safety violations.
  • Lack of workers’ compensation insurance: One complicated scenario is if your employer does not have the required insurance. This opens the possibility of a direct lawsuit against the employer to obtain compensation.
  • Third-party liability: When your injury happens because of the negligence of a third party, which can be a contractor or a supplier, you may have the right to sue that third party.

Why Consider a Lawsuit?

Compensation obtained through standard workers’ compensation often only covers medical expenses; if lucky, a fraction of lost wages will be covered. A lawsuit can allow you to recover:

  • Total compensation for lost wages: Recovering the entire lost income due to the injury.
  • Pain and suffering: Compensation for physical pain and emotional trauma suffered.
  • Punitive damages: In cases of extreme negligence, punitive damages can be obtained to punish the employer and deter similar conduct in the future.

How We Can Help at Romaker Law Firm

At Romaker Law Firm, we meticulously evaluate each case to determine the best legal strategy. Our attorneys are equipped to handle everything from negotiating with insurers to courtroom representation. We ensure that clients understand their options and receive the most effective representation possible.

If you have suffered a workplace injury in Illinois, it is crucial to consult with an experienced attorney to explore all your legal options. Visit Romaker Law Firm for more information and personalized guidance. Make sure to obtain the total compensation the law allows.

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